Saturday, April 10, 2004

Critical mass, timing, and similar thoughts

I've been watching the television networks, plus CNN, CNBC and MSNBC (I can't bring myself to watch Faux), and I must say the reporters seem to reaching that point where their point of view begins to switch to become critical of Bush's administration. Not all of them, of course, but the more mainstream reporters. It shows in the stories they choose to report, the sequence in which they present them and the language they choose. Words like, "however," and "but" when they're reporting on developments and programs of the US at home and abroad.

Trouble is, they could backslide, like they did in the Viet Nam experience. For almost three years, when Nixon was elected in 1968, they bided their time and finally came fully aligned with the peace movement only when Nixon's (and Kissinger's) plan for "peace with honor" was shown to be hopeless.

These days, things happen more quickly. Let's hope the critical mass is reached around July, during the Democratic Convention and the heat of the summer in Iraq, and that it slides ahead to swamp the Republican Convention in New York which, along with the demonstation of possibly millions, becomes a nightmarish debacle.

The next seven months are going to be more interesting, more critical, than any in US history--within my lifetime.

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